Guochuan Lai may have already handed West Brom ownership to someone else - Chris Lepkowski
West Brom may have already undergone a change of ownership with Guochuan Lai potentially having no involvement at the club any more, according to the digging of Chris Lepkowski and Adrian Goldberg.
Speaking in their latest episode of The Liquidator podcast, former Birmingham Mail journalist and current Birmingham City University lecturer Lepkowski questioned whether or not Lai was still in control of the Baggies amid suggestions that the ownership was changed to Ms Yasha Ge.
"It just doesn't look good for him right now…" @chrislepkowski and me on The Liquidator #podcast discussing the future of #wba Head Coach #bilic – plus how #WBAFC are profiting from their own charity (H/T to @SandwellSkidder) and who is Ms Yasha Ge??? https://t.co/EjMn3vrRet
— Adrian Goldberg (@GoldbergRadio) November 3, 2020
Several weeks ago, Lepkowski discussed the mystery of Lai’s ownership with radio presenter Goldberg and it was revealed that information found by financial data gathering company Orbis suggested that Ge was the new owner of West Bromwich Albion.
Lepkowski said: “I’ve been doing a little bit more digging into this curious story we mentioned a few weeks ago about sources in China – a source called Orbis – suggesting that West Bromwich Albion’s ownership was now under, or involving, a lady called Yasha Ge. But we’ve had no indication as to what’s happened with Guochuan Lai.
“Is he still involved? Is he the owner? Or is Yasha Ge now acting as a proxy for him or has Guochuan Lai’s involvement with the club ceased?
“That’s a question that does need answering because there are implications there on club ownership and if the club can’t answer it, it’s one for the Premier League or the FA to answer.
“But certainly, the more I’m seeing and the more investigative work I’ve done into it suggests that Guochuan Lai is potentially no longer involved in the club any more.”
Goldberg went on to say that he had in fact asked West Brom about the information they had found out from Orbis but the club’s response wasn’t exactly helpful.
“When we asked the football club about this, they said, ‘ah, you can only understand when you go back and look at the documents in China’. Of course, they know that we can’t do that,” the BBC Radio WM host said.
“We asked the club to send the documents because, you never know, there might be one or two people I know that could get a Chinese translation. I never heard any more about that.
“But when you look at what Orbis van Dijk are saying, their suggestion is that it’s Yasha Ge who is the ultimate owner of West Bromwich Albion and not Guochuan Lai.”
If West Brom have undergone a change of ownership and haven’t made an official statement on the matter then we are truly at a loss for words with this club.
Slaven Bilic has aired his frustration with the ownership for the lack of financial backing he had in the transfer window while the Albion manager has also been left disappointed by the sale of Ahmed Hegazi behind his back.
On the pitch, things have been a mess and behind the scenes, the situation is no better and potentially way worse than we were aware.
Who is Ge? What’s happened with Lai? Who owns this proud and historic football club that showed major signs of promise this time last year, only to look like a sinking ship 12 months later?
In other West Brom news, Kenneth Zohore has been ruled out for eight weeks after suffering an injury while on loan at Millwall.